Preposition is a word which shows relation between two nouns, between a noun and an adjective, between a noun and a verb or between a pronoun and a verb. The word 'preposition' is thought to be derived from the idea of being positioned before.

In the examples below the words marked as bold show the relationship between the words and are the prepositions.

Preposition Examples:

A preposition is normally comes before a noun or a pronoun to show the relationship of noun (or pronoun) to other words in the sentence. Let us see some more examples of preposition:


Generally prepositions are placed between words, but sometimes they are placed at the end of sentences.

What are you laughing at?

A knife is to cut with.

I have a house to live in.

A word may act differently in different sentences. We are often unable to determine to what part of speech it belongs until we see it in a sentence.

A word may be used as a noun in one sentence and as a verb in another. The most important fact about a word is its function or use in a particular sentence.

Gardeners water plants but a lot of water is wasted. (verb - noun)
Don't go near the fire. (adverb)
My house is near the park. (preposition)

You can also get a comprehensive list of prepositions for using in your class work and homework.

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